Slipstones

Climbs 248 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 300m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
Originally included in the North of England Guide (by Stew Wilson and Ron Kenyon) based on details in October 1964 Climber magazine - because YMC did not think it was worth including in the grit guide (back in prehistoric times)

Then in YMC grit guide and second edition of North of England guide and also in North East England selective guide. New NE England guide coming out sometime soon.

As a crag it was a bit small in stature but as a bouldering venue it is brilliant - as its recent prominence has shown. It was amazing who had climbed there even before the current publicity - even saw the great John Allen there one day.

Access notes
Due to the new popularity of the crag important to follow access details and park responsibly. Road up valley is narrow but look for the parking and a few hundred yards walking (if necessary) shouldn't do any harm - and will help the access situation.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Guidebooks
YMC Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 1 (2012), Northern England (2008), Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering (2008), Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering (2001), Yorkshire Gritstone (1999),
Out of print: North East England (2003), Yorkshire Gritstone (1990)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
 BUTTRESS 1 - FAR LEFT BUTTRESS  
2ExtremitiesE1 5c 53
3Paul's Arete Left SideE1 6a *9
4Paul's Arete Right HandE1 5b **115
5Steve's WallE1 5b **95
6Heather CrackD 102
7Heather Wallf4 9
8Heather Wall Right Handf2+ 18
 BUTTRESS 2 - ESCALATOR WALL  
10Roofed Cornerf2+ vdiff 110
11Little Aretef4 9
12Little Cornerf2 d 95
13Fingercrack cornerVD *10
14Overhanging Crackf2+ vdiff 155
15Undercut Double CrackHS 4b *161
16Ginger BadgerHVS 5b *18
17Not So Tight ChimneyVD 131
18Breakwind AreteHVS 5b *43
19Space TruckinE1 5b *53
20EscalatorHVS 5a **139
21DiminuendoHVS 5c *8
22Mantelshelf CrackVD 166
23Rouges GalleryVS 5a 1
24StaircaseM 147
25Mantelshelf WallVS 4c 72
26Cold WallVS 4c 45
27Hole in the WallHS 4b 58
 BUTTRESS 3 - BELDIN BLOCK  
29Left Edgef2+ d 66
30Inside LeftS 4a 39
31Old CornerVD 100
32Petch's GrooveS 4a 141
33Groove EliminateHS 4b 43
34Twenty Foot CrackHVD 4a 204
35North WallHVS 5b 41
36OffspringHVS 5c 8
37Tranmire AreteMS 4a **267
38Tranmire CrackVS 5b 85
39Jenny Binks WallVS 5a *62
40TwixtHVS 5a 8
41Easy PickingsVS 4c **75
42The HandrailHVS 5a 3
43West face eliminateE2 6a 4
44Beldin DirectE1 5b *14
45Beldin VariationE1 5b *10
46BeldinHVS 5b **51
47Original RouteHVS 5a ***87
48gollinglithE1 5b **51
49TachyonE2 5c *9
50ZoomHVS 5b ***83
51AtomicE3 6a ***30
52Atomic Right-HandE3 6b *1
53Barnley CrackS 4a *115
54Barnley WallHS 4b *86
55Ulfers CrackHVD 4a **82
 BUTTRESS 4 - WISE CRACK  
57Forever OnwardE1 5c 19
58Timeless DivideE2 6a 21
59Timeless Divide Startf6A+ 6a 13
60Timeless Divide - Right Handf6C 6c **18
61Agretef6B hvs 5c 10
62Agra DirectHVS 5c 25
63AgraHVS 5b ***78
64Agra Right HandHVS 5b 6
65Agra Variation (Whimps Finish)VS 4b 17
66Narrow MarginE2 6a  
67WisecrackHVS 5c ***29
68Wisecrack Direct Startf6C 9
69Wisecrack Superdirectf7B hvs 6b 21
70Alan's AreteVS 5b 30
71Mark Turner's RockoverVS 5a 12
72Shine OnVD 130
73Hendo's 4c RockoverV1 4c 2
74Mantel Onf4 s 4c 115
75Groove Onf3 vd 4a 89
 BUTTRESS 5 - BAIT  
77Wall ClimbD 73
78Block AreteHS 4b 55
79Beta BlockerE1 5b *10
80ImpregnableE2 6a **14
81Chockstone OverhangHS 4b 26
 BUTTRESS 6 - SQUAWKS  
83Self SuicideV8 14
84Squawk's AreteHVS 5b *12
85Undercut Flake VariationsHS 4b *39
86Undercut FlakeHS 4b **169
87TiltHVS 5a 6
88Flakeout AreteHVS 5a 13
89Dark CleftVD 30
90Face to FaceVS 4b 6
 BUTTRESS 7 - SEVENS & EIGHTS  
92Forever YoungE2 6a 2
93Seven Up - Variation StartE3 6a 8
94Seven UpE2 5c **26
95Direct Finish (to Seven Up)E3 6a 2
96FuserVD 85
97Tony's TormentHVS 6a 12
98Ian's Irritationf6B+ 2
99Wedge Down CrackHS 4b 47
 BUTTRESS 8 - SEVENS & EIGHTS  
101Thingumy In ThirskE3 6a *5
102Dennis In DarloE1 5c 49
103Barren WasteE2 5c 11
104Easy GrooveD 93
105Edge RouteM 91
 BUTTRESS 9 - INCONSEQUENTIAL WALL  
107Inconsequential Traversenone 5c 7
108Little AreteVD 43
109Roofed ChimneyM 38
110Awkward FinishD 44
111Staircase MantelD 36
 BUTTRESS 10 - SOWDEN  
113Low Level TraverseHVS 5b 2
114Chris CrossE1 5c 1
115Left AreteVD 50
116Frank's WallD 22
117Scratch and GoVD 21
118Right AreteVD 56
119Problem WallHVS 5b 4
120Left WallVD *65
121Sowden left handE1 5b *14
122SowdenHVS 5a **53
123SinbadE3 6b *5
124Space plucksE3 6a **5
125ForthrightE2 5c 4
126Dixon's DilemmaVS 4c 12
127Witton WallS 32
 BUTTRESS 11 - LEAN BUTTRESS  
129Half Way ChockstoneD 50
130Central Bay RouteHD 58
131PsycheHVS 5c 2
132Leany MeanyE1 5c *12
133KillerE4 6b 4
134RipperE1 5c ***71
135Ripper Right HandE3 6c 1
136UnforgivenE1 5c *1
137Emergency hatHS 5a/b 5
138The FoxHS 5b 4
 BUTTRESS 12 - MARR'S  
140Picnic WallD 67
141Cummin's RouteHVS 5b 29
142Christopher RobinHS 4b 87
143Right WallHVS 5c 28
144Marr's RouteVS 5a **64
145Da's RouteVS 5a 18
146ModeratorM 75
147Pa's RouteMS 92
148Gully WallS 4b 33
149Little GullyM 42
 BUTTRESS 13 - LEFT TWIN  
151Friday The ThirteenthV3 21
152sunday 20thV4 6b *33
153SlipwayV4 6a 8
 BUTTRESS 13 - RIGHT TWIN  
155Siamese BridgeD 58
156Right Hand TwinV2 ***112
157Leaning WallV5 ***48
158Strictly PersonalV4 **31
159Brush Upf5 5b 2
 BUTTRESS 14 - THE DECK  
161Pothole ChimneyD 25
162Jack the LadVS 4c 55
163String VestHVS 6a 11
164Withering HeightsHVS 5c 13
165Aces High Left HandVS 4c 10
166Aces HighVS 4c **131
167Aces High Right HandS 4b 15
168TrumpsVS 4c *56
169Trumps Right HandHS 4b 53
 BUTTRESS 15 - ELLINGSTRING BUTTRESS  
171Heather WallD 72
172Itchy and ScratchyVD 92
173Pinnacle ChimneyD 118
174Two Startled SheepVS 5b 20
175Yaud WallVS 5a 105
176EllingstringVS 4c 158
177DiagonalVS 4b 150
178GymnastVS 5a 22
179FiddlesticksVS 5b 33
180GirgleVD 27
 BUTTRESS 16 - STAINTHORPE'S WALL  
182Sweet SixteenVD 34
183FearbyVS 4b 68
184Alan's WallHVS 5a **41
185Stainthorpe's WallE1 5b *81
186Stainthorps Variation StartE1 5c *30
187Only SixteenE1 5b 21
188FascionationbyE2 5c 11
 BUTTRESS 17 - HAPPY DAZE  
190Jug Handle Pull UpVD 119
191Wall CentreVS 4b *112
192Happy DazeVS 4c 81
193Double MantleshelfVD 143
194Out on BailHVS 5c 23
195Right EdgeVS 5b 61
 BUTTRESS 18 - WORTHLESS BUTTRESS  
197Easy MantleshelfD 22
198Right Arêtenone 4b 13
 BUTTRESS 19 - LAY BY  
200Rock OverVS 4c 44
201Hand TraverseD 66
202Lay-By AreteV8 ***21
203Lay-byHVS 6a 118
204Little BaldyV7 7
205Rock On Left-handV4 **43
206Rock OnHVS 5c *67
207Rock OffHVS 5b 29
208All OffHVS 5a 41
 BUTTRESS 20 - OVERHANGING ARETE  
210Ten Foot ModerateM 94
211Ten Foot Aretef4 7
212Twenty SomethingVS 4c 96
213Overhanging AreteV1 **124
214Flaky WallHS 4b 158
215Flakey Wall TraverseV5 **15
216Left WallHVD 59
217Two ChockstonesD 80
218Right OverhangD 36
 LOWER TIER - TEA PARTY SLABS  
220Welcome WallVS 4b 218
221Stereo AndroidVS 4c 173
222Stereo Android Eliminatef6A 5c 15
223Stereo Right HandS 104
224Tommy's DilemmaVD 307
225Gypsy WhamHD 257
226Tea Party SlabVS 5a 228
227Question of BalanceVS 5c 227
228Right Edge (II)VS 5b 177
 THE SON - MIDDLE TIER - (STEPTOE & SON)  
230Son of a BitchHVS 5c 1
231SidewinderV6 5
232Exocetf8A * 
233StipuleV9 4
234Stipule (with jug on arete)f7A+ 5
235Curving CrackVS 4c 71
236Curving Crack AreteV1 65
237Curving Crack Arete Sit Down Startf6A 62
 STEPTOE - MIDDLE TIER - (STEPTOE & SON)  
239Bert WellsHVS 5b 37
240Centre LeftV2 5c 57
241SteptoeHVS 6a **66
242TiptoeVS 5a ***260
243Tiptoe right-handVS 5b *8
244Bridge ChimneyD 31
245No Cheek, Dr LivingstoneVS 4b 12
246Shorty's DilemmaV3 12
 THE LEFT CHEEK - THE UPPER TIER  
248Stomach Traversenone amusin *32
249Bratt PackVS 4c 31
250Play a longHVS 5b 12
251Wild ThingVS 4b 28
252Cunning StuntsV3 5c 8
 THE RIGHT CHEEK - UPPER TIER  
254Micro CornerV6 36
255Micro Coronaryf7B+ ** 
256Problem AreteVS 4c 66
257Slab and MantelshelfM 31
258Left Arete (II)D 53
259Goblin's EarVD 87
 BUTTRESS 22 - ALL THE TWOS  
2613.3 Metre SlabHS 4b 65
262Ten Foot SlabD 77
263Davies AreteV1 *15
264Davies RampV5 **35
265Simple SallyV7 *20
266HoleshotV8 f7b+ 1
267Small DynoV3 *6
268Cypherf8B ***1
269Chockstone Pull UpD 79
 SULKY LITTLE BOYS  
271Supple WallV5 **36
272Sulky little boys left handV4 ** 
273Sulky Little BoysV7 f7a+ ***47
274Sulky Little Boys DirectV8 ***3
275Slanting Flake -LHV2 5c *148
276Slanting FlakeHS 4b **313
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Superb rock quality.
glaramara - 25/Oct/14
Link to useful topo http://www.yorkshiregrit.com/yg/topo/slipstones.pdf
Ian Broome - 11/Dec/11
Why are so many of the routes which are clearly boulder problems (e.g. lay-by, slanting flake etc.) still given route grades? It's not the 1980's. I understand for the borderline height ones, but not for 3m high... please could the crag mod sort this out
lukehodson - 06/Sep/10
good place but someone has broken slanted crack hs 4b and now its a little harder to do
insert - 19/Jun/08
outstanding crag, something for everyone, can be VERY windy at times. had a thoroughly enjoyable day there. a really good place to push your grade, but take a mat and some big mates!
rain dog... - 27/Sep/04
wide variety of excellent problems and routes for most ranges and nice setting what more dop you need.
jas wood - 30/Apr/04
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These details were last updated on 13/Jul/2014

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